That’s right! The Porsche Taycan can’t seem to get enough of accolades, praises and records, despite selling in large numbers. But as you know, more records = more sales. The latest one is again from Guinness World Records for “the greatest altitude change ever achieved by an electric car.” The Taycan Cross Turismo went from the lowest point in America—Eagle Mine in Michigan, to one of the highest—Pikes Peak summit in Colorado. Pikes Peak is, of course, the home to the world-famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which will run for the 100th time this year.
The record was set by Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) in association with TV producer J.F. Musial and a team that included Dai Yoshihara—class winner at the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The team started at Eagle Mine’s lowest part of the excavation—a depth of 540.8 metres, for a destination that is more than 2,250 km (1,398+ mi) away and 4,302 metres above the sea level. If you add both ascends, the electric wagon ascended 4,842.967 metres, or just over 3 miles. Thanks to the Taycan Cross Turismo’s jacked-up ride height and the fact that Eagle Mine is the only mine in America where a car can be driven to sufficient depths, down a ramp normally used by specialist mining vehicles, this record attempt was possible.
But anyway, in total, three groups of drivers working in tandem took on the driving duties. But it was Yoshihara who was behind the wheel for the final, record-breaking stage of the drive. The entire record attempt took 36 hours.